World in brief: Earthquake kills three in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A small earthquake struck northern Haiti on Sunday, collapsing an apartment building and killing at least three people, a U.N. spokesman said.
Residents said the tremor struck Haiti’s second-largest city of Cap-Haitien shortly after midnight, collapsing the four-story building.
Cap-Haitien lies along the fault line that produced three moderate earthquakes in nearby Cuba on Saturday. It was not affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, some 80 miles to the south.
President’s bloc loses elections
PARIS – The long- flailing French left made a big-time comeback Sunday, crushing President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservatives in regional elections colored by voters’ economic worries – and informally kicking off the 2012 presidential race.
Cheers resounded from Socialist Party headquarters as leftists swept races from the French Riviera to Paris. With 93 percent of ballots counted, the Socialists and their allies won 53.8 percent of the vote nationwide, while Sarkozy’s UMP party had 34.97 percent, according to the Interior Ministry.
The results show what a rough road the dynamic but increasingly isolated Sarkozy has ahead of him between now and 2012. Nationwide strikes are planned Tuesday by some of those who punished his party Sunday: train drivers angry over pension reforms that are a pillar of his presidential policy, and teachers angry over job cuts.
Charges coming in massacres
LAGOS, Nigeria – A Nigerian police spokesman said 164 people will be charged with a variety of offenses, including terrorism, for their suspected roles in the slaughter of more than 200 people in central Nigeria this month.
Spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said 41 suspects will be charged with terrorism for their alleged role in the March 7 massacres in villages south of the regional capital of Jos. If convicted they face possible life in prison.
Ojukwu said others will be charged with illegally holding firearms, rioting and other offenses.